Don't blame Whitehall: Civil servants are highly-trained experts in their field; Conservative politicians are amateurs with opinions. [Picture: Daily Telegraph]

Don’t blame Whitehall: Civil servants are highly-trained experts in their field; Conservative politicians are amateurs with opinions. [Picture: Daily Telegraph]

If you think you’ve got a hard life, spare a thought for Britain’s army of civil servants. Not only do they have to put the Coalition government’s insane laws into practice, but they have to do it while the same government is trying to run them into the ground.

That is the message of this Guardian report. It says: “Job cuts and a two-year pay freeze followed by a one per cent pay rise cap have demoralised civil servants” … “65 per cent of civil servants have become ill due to stress at work and 60 per cent did not think their employer helped them cope with the causes of stress. Almost three-quarters of those asked said that their workload has increased, while 6 per cent said they work more than 48 hours a week on average.”

Morale was low, they said, because of “poor pay and unreliable job security… but other issues, such as discouragement, bullying and harassment, were also mentioned”.

This is what happens when you cut the public sector to the bone!

Vox Political has covered some of this ground before. It was a keystone Coalition policy in 2010 – cut the public sector and the private sector will take its place.

But that hasn’t happened (and we should thank our stars for small mercies in that respect).

Instead, the Coalition has succeeded in bringing the greatest government machine in the history of mankind to its knees through overwork and spite. Mistakes are creeping in and the situation can only get worse, as long as the same people are running the country.

For the rest of the article, visit The Guardian‘s website.

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